2011. Brazil. José Henrique Fonseca. 107 min.
New York premiere
Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2011. Brazil. Directed by José Henrique Fonseca. With Rodrigo Santoro, Alinne Moraes, Angie Cepeda. Handsome, intelligent, and born into a wealthy family, Heleno de Freitas had one boyhood dream: to play football. Yet his chances of playing for Brazil in the World Cup faded when World War II led to the cancellation of the 1942 and 1946 tournaments. By the next World Cup, in 1950, his career—and his health—were on the wane. In a reflection of the decreasing prosperity of Brazil during the 1940s, the weight of real life crushed Heleno's great promise and dreams. The film's flashbacks, shot in gorgeously lit black-and-white, re-create the glamorous, romantic Rio of the 1940s as an oasis amid chaos. Santoro's strong lead performance, based on the real life of Brazil’s first soccer star, Botafogo legend Heleno de Freitas, opens up the story to belong to anyone who has ever been consumed by the very dream that first inspired them. Portuguese with English subtitles. 107 min.